“The council should tackle under-achievement among children and young people”
In January, the council’s Research and Statistics Unit launched its research on the Achievement of Black Caribbean pupils. This included a report that set out good practice, much of it coming from Lambeth schools. Key factors included:
- Headteachers’ excellent leadership on diversity and equality issues
- Effective teaching and learning
- Use of a relevant and inclusive curriculum
- Strategies for supporting parental engagement
- Having good links with the local community
- The work of learning mentors in supporting Black Caribbean families
- Church and community support and guidance
- A clear stand on racism
- Diversity in the school workforce
- Celebration of cultural diversity
- Effective use of pupil voice
The Lambeth Schools Partnership has set up a working group to drive implementation of the recommendations from this research across Lambeth schools, with the aim of rolling out approaches that focus on early intervention, increase engagement and reduce exclusions, and diminish the attainment gaps between black Caribbean pupils and their peers.
Starting with five Lambeth schools with significant black Caribbean communities (including one church School; two community primary schools; one through secondary school; and, one Secondary School), we will trail our approaches and then hope to roll out learning across all Lambeth schools.